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Why did they oppose it Ricky? Was it a well conceived plan?
Claudia - do you mean there aren't enough secondary places for the number of pupils or do you mean that your area only has, say, one secondary school to choose from because that's large enough to accomodate all the secondary age pupils?
Parents do not 'have to' ferry their children around. If the local authority can't offer a place at a school within walking distance it pays for transport. As I've said elsewhere the current system manages to offer a first choice to the overwhelming majority of parents and many that get their second or lower choices had no realistic prospect of getting into their first preference anyway.
Many parents choose to send their children to schools other than those within travelling distance - and if they do that then of course they must meet the costs of transporting their child to school. In urban areas there is often plenty of public transport that children can use instead of travelling by car. In rural areas parents are often more pragmatic and accept the local school because the cost of transport would be too great and the transport network doesn't exist to support it. Funny that you don't hear many parents in such communities complaining about choice - they just get on and support their child at the local school.
Tim - evidence, please, for your statements, "the education provided is, frankly, patchy, at best decent and at worst shameful" and that state education in England offers only a "tired, 'take it or leave it' statist culture."
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